During construction documentation the architect will prepare drawings, specifications and schedules that define the detailed requirements for the construction of the building and will be used in the construction process. Drawings are the illustrative component of construction documentation, whereas specifications and schedules are written requirements pertaining to building materials, equipment and construction systems that outline the standards to be met and describe the quality of materials, finishes and quality of work necessary to be submitted for statutory approval.
When complete, these documents will be used to call tenders or negotiate prices with the builder and for the building approval application. Note that timeframes for building approval will vary. Obtain the client’s written approval of the construction documents and obtain the client’s written approval to submit for statutory approval.